Only the most legendary punk bands survived the 80’s and 90’s; the icons among legends are the ones still around to talk about it.
These bands never stopped headlining shows and still play to sold out crowds. One bands discography alone consists of seventeen studio albums, two live albums, four complication albums, one box set, two extended plays (Eps), twenty-nine singles, five video albums and twenty-five music videos. The band is BAD RELIGION.
Bad Religion formed in Los Angeles in 1980 and over their tenure as spokesmen of the punk scene, this band has done it and seen it all. Their fans love their in your face attitude. Like Rage Against the Machine, this band tells it like it is. Their cover topics related to religion, politics, society, the media and science. Ironic topics for today’s new cycle.
WORDS of WISDOM
“Father can you hear me? How have I let you down? I curse the day that I was born… and all the sorrow in this world.”
Since 1980, this band has been one of the most dominating punk bands of our time. You know them, you love them, and their music is part of the soundtrack of out lives.
If you have never seen Bad Religion live, you’re in for a real thrill because Tuesday, August 18th Bad Religion will be holding a live stream chat to promote their new book, “Do What You Want; The Story of Bad Religion.”
Over the last 40 years Bad Religion has accumulated some unreal stories. Now with their new book, we’ll all be able to feel like a fly of the wall for all those moments in time.
Co-Author Jim Ruland has this to say about the book, “Do What You Want: The Bad Religion Story reveals the ups and downs of the band’s forty-year career. From their beginnings as teenagers jamming in a San Fernando Valley garage dubbed “The Hell Hole” to headlining major music festivals around the world, Do What You Want tells the whole story in irreverent style.”
While Do What You Want tracks down nearly all of Bad Religion’s members past and present, the chief storytellers are the four voices that define Bad Religion: Greg Graffin, a Wisconsin kid who sang in the choir and became an L.A. punk rock icon while he was still a teenager; Brett Gurewitz, a high school dropout who founded the independent punk label Epitaph Records and went on to become a record mogul; Jay Bentley, a surfer and skater who gained recognition as much for his bass skills as for his onstage antics; and Brian Baker, a founding member of Minor Threat who joined the band in 1994 and brings a fresh perspective as an intimate outsider.
With a unique blend of melodic hardcore and thought-provoking lyrics, Bad Religion paved the way for the punk rock explosion of the 1990s, opening the door for bands like NOFX, The Offspring, Rancid, Green Day, and Blink-182 to reach wider audiences. They showed the world what punk could be, and they continue to spread their message one song, one show, one tour at a time — with no signs of stopping.”
I for one, pre-ordered this book through Amazon in January but you can get your book, grab a BR mask, some rad socks and so much more. If you’re interest in some of their merch…
To watch the live performance and live chat with the band on August 18 at 7 PM EST